Hey guys, I wanted to hear your opinions on this very brief mockup I did:
original - "Silence" from Shadow of the Colossus
mockup with my severely edited violins, and not-really-edited-yet cellos
Basically I've always felt that the performance legato violins had such a beautiful tone on certain intervals, but were sometimes kinda unwieldy to work with, and had a completely different (and IMO less attractive) timbre for the onset notes. Same thing with the sustains, since they're basically the same samples as the perfleg onsets anyways. So eventually I got the idea to take out my favorite-sounding interval group from the perfleg, loop the samples, and make a new patch with it. I then layered it with crossfaded sustains/attacks/releases, and used the modwheel to control a wide EQ boost up high for more realistic dynamics.
The result is catered to only one specific kind of expression/articulation, but perhaps this is the way to go for string patches - strings are so dynamic and have so many "moods" that to say just "SUSTAIN.." seems kind of limiting and ultimately unevocative. On the other hand, the saving grace of VSL though is that it has so many takes, you can piece things together however you want - it gives you the legos and lets you build the castle yourself.